Feb 3, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Vicente Calderon Stadium
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
1-0
Real Betis
Costa (61')
Costa (66'), Miranda (68'), Domingo (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Pérez (68'), Perquis (68'), Ruiz Herrera Canas (70'), Nacho (78')

Result: Atletico Madrid squeeze past Real Betis

Atletico Madrid move closer to La Liga leaders Barcelona thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Real Betis.

Atletico Madrid have edged closer to La Liga leaders Barcelona thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Real Betis.

A third win in four league matches has moved Diego Simeone's side to within nine points of Barca.

After a goalless first half the deadlock was broken on the hour mark as substitute Diego Costa headed into an empty net following Betis goalkeeper Adrian's failure to deal with a cross.

Nacho came close to a Betis leveller just minutes later, but his fizzing drive flew inches wide of the post.

Despite the away side's best efforts to snatch a point in the final 10 minutes, they were unable to find the net.

Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao celebrates his goal against Deportivo on December 9, 2012
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